Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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ACCIDENT prevention is a noble enough aim. Unfortunately, as the many organisations working in this field have long since discovered, the surest way to achieve success is simply to ban the activity which causes the accidents. Where once authorities would not move to ban anything unless there was evidence of carnage, now a single death appears to provide sufficient reason for doing so.

Last month a nine-year-old Liverpool boy died after being hit by a taxi while riding on his `micro-scooter', a fashionable version of the familiar children's scooter, which has become a craze since the summer. Though he is the only person to have died in such a way, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has been quick to weigh in.

`Children and adults should not ride these scooters in the road, under any circumstances,' said spokesman Roger Vincent. `They should not cross the road on them, as motorists do not expect to find them on the road and can easily be surprised. …

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